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Medicine For Lithium Carbonate Overdose
Important Question: Lithium Carbonate is given for mood control in folks suffering from Bipolar and other Affective disorders. It is in fact a mineral that for effectiveness needs to be prescribed rather close to the toxic levels. An overdose means the concentration of the active metabolite in the blood is reaching toxic levels. Lithium levels need to checked often for exactly this reason. ...Read more
Lithium carbonate is a medication approved to treat bipolar type 1 acute manic episodes. It is also used for as maintenance therapy to prevent future bipolar mood episodes. Its clinically efficacy is related to serum levels which require blood draws. It can cause a minor to serious side effects and is life threatening in overdose. For additional information, please refer ...Read more
Not a DIY project: It's formed by professional chemists in a specially equipped laboratory. The techniques and 'recipe' are protected by patent until it becomes generic, but still it's not available to everyday folk. ...Read more
.6 to 1.2 mEq/L: Lithium (li) levels must be monitored closely b/c the therapeutic level is close to the toxic level. Toxicity symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, muscle weakness & kidney changes. Should be avoided in pregnancy. Li is processed by the kidneys (not liver). ½ life is 24 hours. Effective serum range is. 6 to 1.2 meq/l. Toxic range starts at ~ 1.5 meq/l. Treatment for toxicity is supportive. ...Read more
Discontinuation: It is not uncommon for patients on this medication to discontinue. ...Read more
Thyroid and kidney: Lithium toxicity, thyroid effects, and kidney effects are probably the more severe side effects of lithium. It is best to work with your physician to monitor any side effects of lithium. Lithium is quite beneficial though for those with bipolar or if it is used as an adjunct to treat major depression. ...Read more
Lithium carbonate: Adverse effects aren't frequent below a serum level of 1.5 meq/l. Your doctor will be monitoring your dose and blood levels. Fine hand tremor, increased urination, and mild thirst may persist throughout treatment. Diarrhea, vomiting, drowsiness, muscular weakness, and lack of coordination may be early signs of lithium intoxication. Long-term, thyroid and kidney function may be affected. ...Read more
Lithium carbonate ER: Lithium carbonate extended release is available in 300mg & 450mg. ...Read more
Not measurable: Lithium is an ion found in nature, so we all have some in our blood. But levels are not usually measurable unless we're taking Lithium Carbonate or other form of lithium. ...Read more
Several: I will list some her, not in any order. Nausea, diarrhea, frequent urination, tramor, sedation, feeling dulled, acne, psorasis, increased appetite, weight gain, dizzyness, if it effects the thyroid then there is dry skin, hair loss, fatigue, weight gain, constipation although these can happen with lithum without thyroid involvement. ...Read more
Yes: No known interaction between these two drugs. ...Read more
Lithium side effect?: Actually u could ask you physician and he will tell u and or u pharmacy and u will receive a print out of medication side effect. ...Read more
The side effects of lithium sometimes depend on the dose, with more side effects seen at higher doses.
Common side effects are tremor, fatigue, increased thirst, increased urination.
Many of my patients on lithium do very well, both from the point of symptom remission, as well as lack of side effects.
Blood levels need to be checked from time to time. Please ask your doctor for more information. ...Read more
How to cease lithium carbonate. Presently on 400mg per day for last 10 months. And how to control ceaser after effects?
How long does take to lithium leave the body and have normal blood levels for a person taking 1200 lithobid (lithium carbonate) and changing med?
Lithium: Lithium has a half life that depends on a few factors, to include the amount of time it is taken, age of the patient, and how well the kidneys are working. On average, it is about a day, so you would expect to be completely clear of the medication 5 days after ceasing. Measurable blood levels will likely be normal within a couple days, however. ...Read more
Side effects: The most commonly experienced include fine hand tremor, metallic taste in mouth, headache-mild, nausea, dirrehea and dizziness. Although not exclusively, experiencing side effects is somewhat dependent on lithium blood levels and how well you stay hydrated. The higher the level, the more side effects in general. Important to drink plenty of water especially if active and perspire. ...Read more
Generally contraindicated during pregnancy and in category d meaning it has a risk for birth defects. However, things are not always that simple and I am referring you to much more nuanced explanation in the article below. Please discuss this extensively with your psychiatrist.
www. Mothertobaby. Org/files/lithium.pdf
for more information about the organization of teratology information specialistbest wishes. ...Read more
Not advisable: I would prefer not to, except in very exceptional cases. Lithium might be contraindicated in kidney failure and people needing a transfusion might be challenged with multiple organ disfunction, or might have anemia or other problems affecting their general condition. However, a therapeutic dose taken by the donor is not in and of itself toxic. This would be a rare situation, fortunately. ...Read more
Lithium Carbonate: If you have bipolar disorder and your doctor has prescribed lithium carbonate, you can expect more mood stability -- less problems with depression and/or mania. Some typical side effects include hand tremor, increased thirst, increased urination, and sometimes diarrhea, etc. Your doctor will need to monitor thyroid and kidney function over time, since chronic lithium use can affect those. ...Read more
Lithium: Lithium carbonate is a medication approved to treat bipolar type 1 acute manic episodes. It is also used for as maintenance therapy to prevent future bipolar mood episodes. Its clinically efficacy is related to serum levels which require blood draws. It can cause a minor to serious side effects and is life threatening in overdose. For additional information, please refer to the fda website. ...Read more
Chemically, lithium is a light, soft, alkali metal. It's very highly reactive, so that in nature it's only found in compound form. It's useful in batteries. As a medication, Lithium Carbonate and citrate can be used to stabilize mood in people with bipolar disorder. In these people it can help with both mania and depression. Blood level monitoring is ...Read more
Lithium Carbonate is given for mood control in folks suffering from Bipolar and other Affective disorders. It is in fact a mineral that for effectiveness needs to be prescribed rather close to the toxic levels. An overdose means the concentration of the active metabolite in the blood is reaching toxic levels. Lithium levels need to checked often ...Read more